Natural Treatment for High Blood Pressure

The pressure created by circulating blood is called Blood PressureHypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure is the condition where the flow of blood in the vessels increases.
The reasons for hyper tension can be various like obesity, faulty diet, age, genetic reason and kidney failure. Other reasons can be inflammation and elasticity in arteries. So it is important to realize that you may have high blood pressure and only way to find it out is that get your blood pressure checked at regular intervals. The normal blood pressure reading is systolic 120 over diastolic 80.

Hypertension is a very serious problem which can lead to serious conditions like heart or coronary attacks and if not addressed can lead to silent death. Due to this you can be affected by heart attacks, strokes, kidney failures and many other disorders.
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Symptoms of Hypertension:
  • Pain experienced at the back of the head and neck on waking up, which soon disappears.
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Heart pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Nervous tension
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty in Breathing
Causes of Hypertension:
  • Stress and hectic life-style.
  • Vitiation of vata
  • Living style factors- Alcohol consumption, Smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Excessive intake of common table salt
  • Overloading of fast foods
  • Ecological factors - Pollution, lot of Noise
Ayurvedic Approach to Hypertension:
According to Ayurveda, high blood pressure involves all the doshas, the heart, and the blood vessels.We can see signs and symptoms of derangement of vata dosha mainly that of 'Vyana vayu' in high blood pressure. The treatment is to correct the balance of vata dosha. Pitta vitiation is also seen often and should be treated.

People with Pitta and Vata predominante constitution and Pitta and Vata imbalance, are more prone to hypertension than any other. Unprocessed anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and fear leads to mal-adaptation of the endocrine system, which then leads to conditions like hypertension. Treatment is based on bringing these imbalances back to normal. In the treatment of hypertension; nutrition, exercise, breathing exercises (Pranayama), yoga, meditation, behavioral modification along with various herbs and minerals are prescribed.

It is very important to correct your diet and control your weight. One important thing to do is lose any excess amount of body weight you have. Your cholesterol levels should be low and your diet should definitely be of low saturated fat, and low cholesterol. With practice of dietary measures recommended in Ayurveda while elaborating ‘Medoroga Chikitsa’ will definitely beneficial in weight reduction. It will be helpful to minimize the risk of fatty cholesterol deposits and will prevent complication of high blood pressure.

Treatment tips for Pitta Types: Herbs used include aloe gel, barberry and katuka; in stronger cases, bitter herbs such as aloe, rhubarb root or senna. Gotu kola is also useful for calming the nerves and relieving heat and stress.

Treatment tips for Vata types: Garlic is very good for this condition as it is helpful in alleviating vata imbalance and controlling blood pressure by helping lower cholesterol and triglyceride. Eat an entire crushed clove (with honey) once or twice a week or mix 1gm of garlic into a paste with a glass of buttermilk and drink twice a day. Alternatively, eat two or three raw cloves of garlic on an empty stomach in the morning and drink nutmeg in warm milk.

Treatment tips for Kapha types: Avoid dairy, butter, eggs and high fat foods; incorporate plenty of hot spices in the diet, particularly mustard and onions. Include herbs such as: cayenne, myrrh, garlic, motherwort and hawthorn berries, and avoid licorice.

Natural Lifestyle Changes for High Blood Pressure Which can Help You.
The patient should follow a path of self-restricted diet regime.
  • Table salt or uncooked salt should be avoided completely. 
  • They should restrict their intake of oil and fat. 
  • They should cut down on their consumption of oil. 
  • In place of salt, pepper can be a viable alternative. The ‘cayene’ content of pepper prevents the platelet accumulation in the blood, enabling a better circulation.
  • The diet should include nutritious food. Include Vegetables: Garlic, lemon, parsley; Fruits: Indian Gooseberry,Grape fruit, watermelon; Dairy: Milk,Cottage cheese,clarified butter.
  • Avoid meat, eggs and salt
  • Reduce protein intake
  • Coffee, which contains caffeine, enhances the action of adrenaline and non adrenaline and both are important in increasing blood pressure levels.
  • Limit sodium in the diet.
A brisk walk for thirty minutes, twice daily can reduce high pressure.
  • A sedentary lifestyle often leads to high pressure. So an active life but with less stress and tension can help in reduction of hypertension.
  • Some free hand exercises like jogging, swimming and cycling also helps in reducing chances of high pressure.
The highest importance should be given to inhibiting intake of toxinsalcohol consumption and smoking.
  • Toxins accumulate in our bodies when we eat foods which are hard to digest, drink liquids which require taxing metabolization, when our digestive and elimination systems are weak, and when we are stressed either physically, mentally, emotionally, or all three. 
  • Most chronic disorders start when toxins accumulate in the body tissues and obstruct the channels of circulation and elimination. Such blockages prevent proper nutrition and inhibit the processes that cleanse impurities.
  • Avoid smoking. While smoking itself does not increase blood pressure, it can add to the harm caused by high blood pressure. It is estimated to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke threefold in individuals with high blood pressure. Nicotine also increases the resting heart rate and increases the release of adrenaline. Once smoking is stopped, this extra risk is quickly reduced.
Loose excess weight/lower cholesterol.
  •  Losing as much excess weight as possible will definitely help keep your blood pressure low. 
  • An effective way to reduce cholesterol and excess fats is to soak one teaspoon fenugreek seed in water overnight and chew them early in the morning on an empty stomach.
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    Strengthen your digestive system.
    • A weak digestive system is often associated with high blood pressure. Our ability to efficiently and effectively digest the food we eat is an important consideration when choosing what to eat. Incompletely digested foods create toxins and impurities that travel throughout the physiology, localizing in body tissues and eventually disrupt their functioning. This process plays out in a wide variety of chronic conditions, not least of which is high blood pressure. 
    • Ayurvedic triphala powder every night with warm water is often recommended for strengthening the digestive system.

    An Ayurvedic massage to eliminate impurities. 
    An ayurvedic masage assist in the removal of toxins from our bodies and aid the deeper cleansing processes with regular ayurvedic herbal oil massages, heat treatments and mild herbal enemas. These processes open the channels of circulation and elimination so that proper nourishment can reach the tissues, and impurities are more easily eliminated. 

    Ayurveda herbs can help. 
    An Ayurvedic practitioner can select the appropriate herbal formulas to aid the healing process, strengthen digestion and help the body. Herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing programme.



    Natural Home Remedies for Self Help
    • Take 5 leaves of Bell and make a paste of it. Mix this paste with one glass of water and heat it till the water becomes half, then drink this like you drink tea. Don't let the solution to get too cold because it works best when it is hot. With this your pressure will start coming down after first dose only, but continue it uptil 3 months and you will completely get cured, and the disease will not return to you further.
    • 8-10 dhaniya (cilantro) leaves, 8-10 peeper (golki) and 8-10 tulsi(Basil) leaves, make a paste of it and mix this paste with one glass of bottle gourd (lauki) juice. Drink this solution 2 times a day, once early morning before brushing your teeth and in the evening. Wait for atleast 30 minutes after having this solution and then you can eat food. Continue it uptil 3 months

      Precaution- First taste the bottle Gourd that it is not bitter in taste, if it is bitter in taste then don't use the juice of it.
    • The consumption of garlic can lead to reduction in arterial spasms. This ensures the control of pulse rate and cardiac rhythms.
    • Take 15-20 gm of methi (fenugreek) at night and keep it water, so that it absorbs water. Then in early morning before brushing your teeth eat this methi which has absorbed water ( dont just swallow it) and also drink the water left out in the container. This is a very easy and effective method to make your blood pressure level normal. IF you are suffering from any PIT diseases then don;t eat methi.
      Note- Your pressure will start coming down after first dose only, but continue it uptil 3 months and you will completely get cured, and the disease will not return to you further.

      Precaution- Dont use aluminium containers, it will be best if you use mud (mitti) or bronze(kassa) or Brass (pital) .
    • Mint leave can considerably reduce high blood pressure. Two teaspoons of powdered mint leave, twice a daily can lead to reduction in blood pressure.
    • Lemon also adds to the strength of capillaries and lemon juice with water, without salt or sugar can prevent the wear and tear of the arteries, due to their Vitamin P content. 
    • Grapes are also rich in Vitamin P content and can reduce high blood pressure.
    • Gooseberry mixed with honey should be consumed, daily every morning. Gooseberry also prevents high blood pressure.
    • Another tip is dried and roasted seeds of Watermelon, which can also reduce blood pressure, due to reduction in the dilation of blood vessels.
    • The vegetables like potato, parsley, carrot and spinach plays important roles in reducing high pressure. Two glasses of Carrot and raw spinach juice, taken twice daily can lead to decreasing high blood pressure.
    • The 'phytochemical' content of celery and broccoli serves to lower blood pressure. The stress hormone has constricting effect on the blood vessels and this can be prevented by celery.
    • Banana, grapes, oranges and apricots – the fruits rich in Vitamin B and sodium and potassium improves the circulation of the blood.
    • The low salt and cholesterol content of rice works against high blood pressure. The calcium in the rice relaxes the nervous system. Hypertension is reduced by the Magnesium and Potassium content of potatoes.
    • The cooking media should be chosen from those based on unsaturated oils which are extractions from Mustard, safflower, sunflower and seeds of bitter gourd.
      All the above natural remedies suggested for prevention of hypertension should be accompanied with regular medical checkups and advice. 

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